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Outreach and Education


We are currently developing our offering for schools in support of the curriculum and wider teaching and learning activity. Some of these sessions are suitable for teachers to deliver in school; for schools within the environs of Exeter, we may be able to offer in-person sessions and visits. 

Please contact us for more information.

Poetry in the Archive - Charles Causley's Immunity.

This lesson introduces pupils to what an archive is, how it is different to a library and what an archive can tell us about the process of writing. It uses drafts of the poem and items which provide context to encourage pupils to think about how experience can be used as the impetus for writing and how writing is something which develops over time.

For schools within the Exeter area, there is the possiblity of having this lesson delivered by us. It may also be possible to have a virtual contribution from a member of the team for the initial discussion about what an archive is and what it does.


Teacher toolkits for Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol

These collections of resources include images from early editions of the books alongside contemporary writing and articles on the themes of the two novels to help cover the context part of GCSE English. There are suggestions for activities, but are available for teachers to use as they wish.


Virtual introduction to using the archive

This session, delivered live online, outlines the benefits of using primary sources for research and introduces them to our Special Collections and Bill Douglas Cinema Museum holdings. It covers topics such as the opportunities primary research offers, how to develop useful search terms and where else they might look for useful material. It is particularly useful for students undertaking the EPQ or equivalent and can be tailored to the needs of the group. The session is particularly designed for students in Devon who might be able to access the archive to follow up on anything that they find of interest. 


If you are interested in any of these lessons, please complete this form and we will contact you.

We have a range of activities which could be undertaken after school or as part of activity days, within the Exeter area. 

Please contact us at for more detail or to discuss what we might be able to develop with you.


    Special Collections and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum offer opportunities to gain professional experience working with our unique collections. Tasks can range from helping to box-list and sort newly acquired archive material to researching biographical information on a literary or historical figure, or mounting an exhibition of film memorabilia.  

    Student placements in Special Collections count towards the Exeter Award and can help to increase your employment prospects when you leave the University.  If you would like more information please contact the following:

    For Archives and Special Collections please conact us on

    For the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, contact Phil Wickham, Curator on